Avispa could secure promotion to J1 today if they beat Gifu, and JEF lose to a Thespa team who score 4 past Kofu at the weekend.
When we last played Gifu it was the low point of the season. Seeing a workmanlike, but unspectacular Gifu team quite easily beat us at home in April. The team got booed off that day after a game in which they created almost no chances, and could barely get out of their own half. A couple of weeks later, and another home loss to Sagan Tosu and Avispa were stuck in the bottom half of the table.
For today’s game Avispa are a very different animal, and will be going to Gifu’s temporary home ground full of optimism after the last minute winner against Verdy.
Gifu have shown they are capable of beating anyone on their day; I watched them soak up a huge amount of pressure against JEF and then sucker-punch them on the counter-attack earlier in the season. I hope Avispa don’t go with too much confidence.
Hopefully we can get a goal in the 1st 20 minutes riding on the energy from Saturday. The longer the game goes on the more nervous the players will get, and they could end up settling for a draw to leave 1 win and 1 draw needed from the 2 games left.
Gifu 0 – 2 Avispa
Early goal to settle the nerves, and then another as Gifu look to equalise. Relaxed 2nd half similar to Kitakyushu.
If it was Gifu’s last home game of the season I wouldn’t be so confident.